Monday, September 26, 2016

a good way out | opening night photos

Some shots from opening night of A GOOD WAY OUT last Friday! Thanks to everyone who came out and made it an incredible opening weekend!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

sept 24 - oct 15 | a good way out

Please join us in celebrating the world premiere of  A GOOD WAY OUT, by Cara Norrish! We open tomorrow, September 24th @ 8:00 pm.

By Cara Norrish

Sept 23rd - Oct 15th
Wednesday - Saturday @ 8:00 pm
*Saturday matinees @ 2:00 pm
**Sunday, October 9th matinee @ 2:00 pm


Box Office Hours:
Tuesdays 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday to Saturday 12:00 -7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

sept 22 | a good way out | pay-what-you-can

This Thursday, September 22rd is our pay-what-you-can preview night for A GOOD WAY OUT. Rush tickets are available at the door on the night of the show.

By Cara Norrish

Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Thursday, September 23rd @ 8:00 pm
Tickets available at the door

**Advance tickets available for $14.95. Please call our box office at 604.731.5518 for more information.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

a good way out | subscriber appreciation saturday

Calling all subscribers! It's time for our first Subscriber Appreciation Saturday. If you are a season subscriber we would love to have you join us this Saturday for The Playwrights Process. Artistic Director, Ron Reed will be discussing his process on writing TOLKIEN (working title), and Playwright, Cara Norrish will taking us through her journey in developing A GOOD WAY OUT.

A GOOD WAY OUT Subscriber Appreciation Saturday
Saturday, September 24th at 3:45pm
(approx - following the matinee)

Joey is a hardworking mechanic who operates as the front man for a biker gang. He joined for protection, but a few bad decisions have him looking for an escape that may not exist. The world premiere of a fierce, compelling look into the precarious world of crime and compromise.

Advisory: A hard-hitting look at the realities of gang life, A Good Way Out contains very strong language. Sexual content is largely suggested though speech, but there is a brief scene that contains a coerced striptease, as well as discussions of and depictions of violence.
Trigger warnings for violence and sexual coercion.

Directed by Anthony F. Ingram.
Featuring Carl Kennedy, Andrew Wheeler, Corina Akeson, Chad Ellis, and Evelyn Chew.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP Lindsay: if you are interested in attending!

Monday, September 19, 2016

a good way out | meet the cast

It's time to introduce the fabulous cast of A GOOD WAY OUT, by Cara Norrish!

Carl Kennedy (Joey) - even though Carl lives out of town, he is a regular on the PT stage. Carl was last seen in COMMON GRACE and his performance for THE WHIPPING MAN earned him a "Best Actor" nomination at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

Andrew Wheeler (Larry) - was last seen in THE RAINMAKER in the role of H.C.- the loving, faithful father. Hold on to your hats as Andrew takes on the role of the ruthless leader of a biker gang.

Corina Akeson (Lynette) - we are thrilled to have the multitalented Corina around for not one but two shows this season! Be sure to catch her this February in CORLEONE.

Chad Ellis (Sean) - we are so grateful to have snagged this recent graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (London, UK), to be on our stage for the first time!

Evelyn Chew (Carla) - also making her PT debut! Evelyn has many theatre credits and did her acting training at Douglas College and Studio 58.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

a good way out | directors notes

Anthony F. Ingram is no stranger to the acting community nor to our theatre. Recent directing credits at Pacific Theatre include: THE WHIPPING MAN, THE SEAFARER (nominated for "Best Direction" and winning "Best Production"), 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW, and PLAYLAND (nominated for "Best Direction" and Best Production"). Here is an interview with Anthony on A GOOD WAY OUT.

What excites you about this story?

I'm really excited about working with the group of actors we've been able to assemble for the show. Carl Kennedy and Evelyn Chew are two actors that are always bringing surprising things to the stage - I find their work endlessly inspiring and full of risk. Nothing is off-limits for them. And Andrew Wheeler has such a power on stage that it's frightening. I've watched him mature over the years into a truly weighty performer who dominates the space. I really can't fully articulate how pleased I am that these actors are interested in working with me on this project.

Also, bringing a new play to the world is something quite special.

Are you doing anything different to prepare for this show as a new play, with the playwright at the theatre?

This being Mrs. Norrish's first play to be produced, I want to make sure that she feels part of the process and that we're telling the story that she wants told. I'm so honoured that she wanted me to direct her premier as a playwright. Having her within shouting distance is a real gift as I'll be able to consult with her to make sure that we are staying true to her intentions.

The story is based on gang life in a small town - how does this connect to our lives now in Vancouver? Are you going to try to draw that close-to-home connection for audiences?

Well, it's a reality that's happening all around us whether we're aware of it or not. I think the script leads the audience into that part of our world that many of us - often by choice - ignore. And that is one of things I love about theatre: it can throw light into the darker parts of our world and give us a better understanding of what's going on in places we might otherwise be afraid to look.

Cara describes the play as being about what people will sacrifice for their families - without jumping into spoilers, can you reflect on that a bit? How do you see that theme reflected in this play?

I think there are big sacrifices and small sacrifices. And they are motivated by many different things - not all of them selfless.  Often, we can't really be sure of the nature of those motivations. We can, in fact, make sacrifices for selfish reasons.  It'll be fascinating to tease that apart over the course of rehearsals and then to see what side the audience falls on as they see the story unfold.

Are you doing any research or looking into any resources to prepare?

Not really. I think Cara's put most everything right into the script. Although I must admit, I'm not at all mechanically inclined. So, we may have to do some research on how to take apart a Triumph motorcycle without destroying it.

to sep 18 | and bella sang with us

There are only two performances left with available tickets, but just in case you plan to be Fringe-ing on Friday or Saturday, Soul Food readers might want to consider AND BELLA SANG WITH US.  It's at the Cultch: Fri Sep 16 @ 5:15, Sat Sep 17 @ 2:45.

I've been in touch with playwright Sally Stubbs, who filled me in on some of the background of her play...

"I thought you might find this production interesting for Pacific Theatre, because God and Christian works are at the root of the beliefs and actions of one of the two central characters. The Women's Group of the Central Mission Rescue and Protective Society were behind the 1912 hiring of Vancouver's first women police officers to deal with the 'female morality issue’. It's an important element of the conflict between the two central characters.”

And what do you know, it's also packed with people from the PT stage - Sarah Rodgers, Sarah Louise Turner, Sarah May Redmond, and Simon Webb (who's considering changing his name to Sarah).

Check here for a rundown of other Fringe shows featuring PT-associated artists. And by the way, those earliest women police officers didn't wear uniforms. But I found that image online, and I thought it was cool.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

a good way out | photo shoot

We had such a fun photo shoot with the cast of A GOOD WAY OUT. Here's a behind the scenes look at some of the pics taken last week.